Adrian Lewis: “If I play well, there’s no way the other players have as much ability as I have got.”
A confident Adrian Lewis is looking to take Phil Taylor’s Premier League title. Remarks Lewis: “All it is for me is in my head, I’m young and I’m learning. As soon as I learn, they’ll be scared.”
Adrian Lewis has declared himself ready to take Phil Taylor’s Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts crown.
Taylor has taken victory in all three seasons of the Premier League, and has enjoyed a resurgence in form over the past month.
He takes on Lewis at the NIA this week, with the 23-year-old aiming to claim his first ever win over Taylor and announce his own intentions of taking the title.
“I think I will win this Premier League,” said Lewis, who averaged an impressive 102 in defeating Terry Jenkins 8-3 last week.
“If I play well, there’s no way the other players have as much ability as I have got.
“All it is for me is in my head, I’m young and I’m learning. As soon as I learn, they’ll be scared.
“Phil Taylor isn’t scared of anybody, Raymond van Barneveld isn’t scared of anybody and I’m not scared of anybody.
“I’m back, and I feel comfortable.”
Taylor has averaged over 100 himself for the past three weeks in moving to the head of the table, albeit on leg difference ahead of Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade.
The Stoke legend also took victory in both Players Championship tournaments held by the PDC in Germany last weekend, including a nine-darter on his way to Sunday’s win.
“I’m feeling fantastic and my confidence is high at the moment,” said Taylor. “The weekend was a big boost and I’m playing very well.
“Adrian will have to perform well to beat me and my past record against him counts for nothing.
“He’s playing very well again and it’s going to be a cracking game.”
The night opens with a clash of current World Champion John Part against world number one Raymond van Barneveld.
Part got back to winning ways with an impressive 8-5 defeat of Peter Manley last week, and knows that a victory over the Dutchman would enhance his own chances of winning the Premier League.
“It’s an important game against Raymond and I know I’ll have to get off to a good start,” said Part.
“I did that last week and if I can do the same again I’ll have a great chance of winning the game.
“We’re all battling for the top four and there’s plenty of games left yet, we’re all winners and have positive attitudes but if I’m in the top four I’ll win it.”
The mood of positivity also extends to Wayne Mardle, whose wins over Terry Jenkins and Raymond van Barneveld in the last two weeks have dragged him back into the play-off race ahead of his clash with second-bottom Peter Manley.
“If doubles go in, I win most of my games,” he said. “My scoring is up there with Barney and Phil but I’ve missed doubles in the past.
“In the last two weeks of the Premier League I’ve not done that and won, and it can snowball from here.”
The night’s other game sees Jenkins and Wade looking to get back to winning ways, following defeats to Lewis and Taylor in Brighton a week ago.
Wade took victory when the duo met in both the Stan James World Matchplay and SkyBet World Grand Prix finals last year, and the youngster was also an 8-6 winner in Week Two of this year’s Premier League, when they last clashed.
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Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts
Week Nine, NIA, Birmingham
Raymond van Barneveld v John Part
Terry Jenkins v James Wade
Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor
Wayne Mardle v Peter Manley
Live on Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm